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Scientific Services & Infrastructure

~ Overview of available scientific services at EMBL ~

EMBL is powering world-class research through tools, data, and facilities


EMBL’s scientific services encompass over 40 bioinformatics and data resources, and more than 20 experimental services in the fields of structural biology, imaging, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, in vivo gene editing, and chemical biology.

Explore the various EMBL services available to you, where you have access to the very latest in scientific technologies, infrastructure, and data resources within structural biology, imaging, bioinformatics data resources and tools, multi-omics facilities, chemical biology services, in vivo gene editing services, and sample preparation.

Full list of Scientific Services at EMBL

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~ EMBL-EBI data resources and tools ~

Data resources and tools

EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) develops and maintains numerous community databases, tools, and software that are freely available to all.

EMBL-EBI data resources and tools

~ Structural biology and imaging ~

Structural biology and imaging services enable life to be visualised across scales: from atomic snapshots of moving proteins to detailed videos of molecules within cells, tissues or organisms.

~ Sample preparation ~

EMBL supports users by preparing samples for use as part of EMBL’s structural biology and imaging services.

~ Multi-omics facilities ~

EMBL supports researchers in performing functional omics analyses, to better understand the genome, transcriptome, proteome, and metabolome.

~ Chemical biology services ~

Chemistry biology services at EMBL offer infrastructure and expertise to researchers interested in optimising biologically-relevant chemical compounds and gaining insights into protein function.

~ In vivo gene editing services ~

EMBL’s in vivo gene editing services harness new technologies to experimentally modify or edit genomes to understand their function.

Showcase Videos on EMBL Scientific Services

EMBL Hamburg trains future generations of life scientists in using small-angle X-ray scattering

Each year, EMBL Hamburg’s Svergun Group offers practical and lecture courses on biological small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The courses provide young scientists an opportunity to gain hands-on experience by measuring their own samples, and by exploring different aspects of SAXS for studying the structure of macromolecules. Since 2020, the courses have also been made available in an online format.

In this video, four course participants – Line Abildgaard Ryberg from the University of Copenhagen, Alessandro Sicorello from University College London, Miha Pavšič from the University of Ljubljana, and Dana Saad from the University of Milan – explain how the course helped them in their research and teaching activities.

Learn more about the 2020 online edition of the SAXS course and access the online lectures (registration required): https://www.embl.org/news/lab-matters...

EMBL’s multifaceted training programme is committed to excellence in training at all stages of careers in the life sciences: https://www.embl.org/training/

Alongside training for scientists, EMBL’s education department ELLS shares scientific discoveries with young learners and teachers through inspiring activities.

Explore EMBO courses: https://www.embo.org/conferences-trai...

Watch the presentation video here

Scientific services are at the heart of EMBL’s missions

EMBL provide access to the latest technologies, infrastructure, and data resources. Combined with EMBL's scientific and technical expertise, the scientific services provide researchers with the highest quality results, and enable significant fundamental research that is essential to solving global societal challenges. Each year, thousands of researchers use EMBL's scientific services and millions access the data resources.

EMBL’s scientific services encompass over 40 bioinformatics and data resources, and more than 20 experimental services in the fields of structural biology, imaging, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, in vivo gene editing, and chemical biology. EMBL's unique portfolio of integrated scientific services enables researchers from our member states and around the world to access a broad range of world-class infrastructures and resources through a single Europe-wide partner.

Read more and see full list of EMBL's Scientific Services

See pdf flyer presentation of possible services

EMBL's expertise and experience allowed them to quickly focus on SARS-CoV-2 at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this pandemic, and beyond, EMBL services and facilities will continue to support the world’s best science for everyone’s benefit.

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EMBL Barcelona’s Mesoscopic Imaging Facility

The EMBL Barcelona Mesoscopic Imaging Facility (MIF) offers technologies and support services to facilitate 3D imaging of biological tissues at cellular resolution. The facility is available to internal and external scientists, providing access to mesoscopic imaging technologies specifically designed for research in developmental biology and disease modelling.

Learn more about the EMBL Mesoscopic Imaging Facility (MIF) availbale to external users

Watch video about EMBL Barcelona's services and facilities.

EMBL Grenoble's structural biology services

EMBL Grenoble offers structural biology services to the research community. These services include macromolecular crystallography beamlines run jointly by EMBL Grenoble and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) at the EPN science campus in Grenoble. Among these, MASSIF-1 is a unique beamline thanks to its fully automated workflow, from crystal centering to data analysis and structure determination, which enables completely remote interactions between users and experts on site.

See more info on EMBL Grenoble's services available to external users

Watch video about EMBL Grenoble's services

EMBL-EBI's open molecular data resources - such as MGnify for microbiome data

EMBL-EBI’s MGnify data resource holds a wealth of microbiome data that researchers can access freely and use in their work. The data enable a range of applications, including to identify new enzymes for exciting projects such as bioremediation, plastic degradation, making food products, detoxifying pesticides, and much more. MGnify is one of EMBL-EBI’s 40 open data resources, which are crucial tools in the daily work of millions of scientists worldwide.

Here, scientists of the Hollfelder group at the University of Cambridge explain how they use MGnify to identify candidate enzymes for novel applications.

See overview of EMBL-EBI's tools and data resources available to external users

Watch video about EMBL-EBI’s MGnify data resource

X-ray beamline, sample prep and characterization, and computational services

EMBL Hamburg provides services and integrated facilities for structural biology available to external researchers. Among them, the microfocus beamline P14 for macromolecular crystallography produces powerful X-rays beams that enable researchers to determine the structure of molecules that present many technical challenges.

Read more about EMBL Hamburg's ressources available to external users

In the presentation video, Azadeh Shahsavar from the Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE) in Aarhus explains how the collaboration with EMBL Hamburg and its infrastructure enabled them to determine the molecular structure of glycine transporter 1. The finding could open new avenues for developing therapeutics for psychiatric disorders. 

Learn more about the research here

Watch the showcase video about EMBL Hamburg's services

Cryo-EM Service Platform

EMBL Heideberg's state-of-the-art Cryo-EM Service Platform is available for use by external scientists! 

Watch the showcase presentation about EMBL Heidelberg Cryo-EM Service Platform

The platform gives access to state-of-the-art cryo-EM equipment for structure determination projects, using the latest technology and methods. The imaging services offered by the Cryo-EM Service Platform will be included in the portfolio of the new EMBL Imaging Centre, planned to be in full operation in summer 2021.

Read more about the Cryo-EM Service Platform available to external users.

In the video presentation, Giulia Zanetti from the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB) in London explains how the collaboration with the Cryo-EM Service Platform enabled them to reveal the organisation of the inner COPII coat of intracellular transport vesicles.

~ The new EMBL Imaging Centre | Has opened summer 2021 ~

The new EMBL Imaging Centre

Cutting-edge electron and light microscopy technologies. The EMBL Imaging Centre will provide open access for researchers to cutting-edge imaging technologies integrating methods in the field of electron and light microscopy.

Watch the presentation video of the EMBL Imaging Centre

~ Fellowships for use of EMBL Services ~

Christian Boulin Fellowships

The Christian Boulin Fellowships support travel and accommodation costs for young scientists visiting facilities at the EMBL sites, so they can learn and use the latest scientific techniques and advance their research projects.

Apply continually. Applications are accepted throughout the year.